Once there was a time when Andre Ethier was king of the walk-offs, when his swing was golden, when he threatened to make a run at the triple crown.
Then came a broken pinkie, then a banged up knee, and then the uncertainty.
Ethier looked plenty healthy when he ripped through spring training on an extra-base tear, and he hasn’t let up to start the regular season.
Ethier revisited his game-winning ways in the Dodgers' home opener Tuesday, celebrating his birthday by driving a solo home run in the eighth to propel the Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Clayton Kershaw, able to go only three innings in Thursday’s season opener because of the flu, returned in strong form, holding the Pirates scoreless until they punched a run across in the seventh.